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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I really enjoy this series, with each installment being a fast, fun and mysterious read, but the short length of each book never bothered me so much as it did with this latest. I think the reason for that is that there was simply too many threads to follow and the one I've most been looking forward to reading didn't develop at all and it appears that it may end up dragging along indefinitely. Having said that, if you haven't read any of the previous books, this is not the place to start, and if you're hoping to learn how Jeannine was killed after two books, you won't find out in this one.
If you go in accepting that, it's a solid addition to an excellent series. Mary O'Reilly can see and speak with the dead after a beyond near death experience. Having to retire from police duty, she's now a private investigator specializing in paranormal cases and has dedicated her life to helping ghosts resolve their issues in this world to move on to the next.
The book essentially starts with Mary in turmoil since she's promised Bradley's dead wife, Jeannine, that she won't tell Bradley she's seen and spoken with her and it's killing her to lie to him so she's been avoiding him.
When a prominent woman of Freeport is found murdered at the theatre, Bradley asks Mary to help him with the case forcing them to spend time together. Mary decides to take matters into her own hand by hunting down Jeannine and insists they tell Bradley. Jeannine agrees and when they do, Bradley feels betrayed and breaks things off with Mary. It's a hard hit to take, but Mary continues to work on Jeannine's case, the new murder and the side story of a minister who recently died.
He doesn't believe in ghosts and doesn't understand why he's still here instead of heaven and Mary has to help him find out why. With all of this going on as well as the Mary dealing with the breakup, you can imagine that some of the storylines are not fully developed.
Stanley and Rosie are still a staple to the series but underutilized this go around. There's wonderful development of Fireman Mike and Mary's relationship, but I wonder if we'll ever find out why he hasn't moved on. Bradley's struggles with his feelings for Mary, hamper any focus on the investigation to find how Jeannine was actually killed and I was so disappointed with the lack of development there, that I didn't enjoy the other mystery storylines as much. It's a great series, but each installment is so short that it barely has time to introduce a new aspect before the story is over.
This ending introduces a yummy new character that wil prove very entertaining in the next book and I'm looking forward to reading it, but overall the last two books just leave you feeling wanting.
Now when I read one of her books I'm reading a book from a favorite author. Final Call is an excellent continuation of the Mary O'Rilley series. The story flows nicely and is never confusing or leaving the reader wondering what's going on. The story gives us more of Bradley and Mary and even throws in a new character at the end that I see bringing a lot to the stories.
While we still have questions about Bradley and Jeannine this book brings more out into the open. Reid is doing a fantastic job of telling her stories and creating characters for us to fall in love with. Once again I find myself eagerly waiting for the next book.
If you are looking for a new series to read you can't go wrong with this one.
An extremely unpleasant woman, Faye McMullen who fancies herself a grande dame, gets killed and the line of suspects is long. There are a lot of suspects with secrets to keep, and the one who did the killing wants that secret to remain hidden and will go to great lengths, including harming Mary, to keep it so. Mary was a Chicago cop until a brush with death on the job gave her the ability to see and communicate with ghosts.
In book 4 of this series, Mary and her boyfriend, Police Chief Bradley Alden, are on the outs because he thinks she betrayed him by keeping a secret about his dead wife. Their relationship is further complicated by the arrival of a handsome Scottish professor who can see dead people on his own. I like this series. The dialogue is entertaining, the supporting characters are complex and have lives of their own, rather than just being foils for Mary.
I enjoy how the author lets them take center stage, but not take over the books. She now lives in Freemont, IL and is the on-again, off-again girlfriend of the chief of police. She helps an amateur, stuck-up actress killed Another fun read! She helps an amateur, stuck-up actress killed in the theatre, a preacher who felt he was better than anyone because he preaches excellent sermons, but can't be bothered to tend to his flock, and eventually the police chief.
Jul 27, Stephen Goforth rated it really liked it. Final Call is a fun Cozy, with warmth, laughter, romance and a nice mystery at its heart. This author does an amazing job of making completely unnatural circumstances seem like an everyday part of life. Love the dynamic of Ian coming into the picture. I'm glad Bradley knows and understands about Jeannine. Apr 19, Michelle rated it it was amazing. Can Mary help save an egotistical Faye and help to her to otherside? Read on and I guarantee you will be unable to put it down until the end and you will be ready to read on and see what happens next!
May 06, Dawn Gee rated it really liked it. Very good continuation of series The mystery is well written. A little disappointed with Bradley though. Mary suffers through a few life threatening incidents. The neighbors are so cute. Feb 15, Cally Walker rated it it was amazing. Binge reading here I wish these drugs, I mean addicting books were longer. Mary and Bradley are both good folks and good at what they do. Can they overcome a lethal weapon fetish tho? Mar 20, Gail Worley rated it it was amazing.
Very entertaining You have took really like paranormal stories, I do. I started with book 1 three days ago and I've already finished book 5. Each story gets better I'm getting ready to start book 6. I have to force myself to put it down to get chores done. Jun 09, Monica rated it liked it. Mar 03, Blue rated it it was amazing. I didn't want it to end! Mixed up messes confound Mary in this book! But she is determined!
The funny way things turn out made me really enjoy the story! Oct 28, KyBunnies rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 05, Rebecca rated it liked it Shelves: Spent a lot of time being sidetracked Mar 19, Stacy Spoonster rated it it was amazing. Final Call I loved this book! The more I get into the series the more I love it. This one had it all, laughter, tears, Mike. Speaking of, he is one of my favorite characters, in a sea of characters I adore.
Meet Harlow Torrent and her crazy witch family. Who murdered Faye and why? The friendship, the camaraderie, the family, the love and laughter, helped tremendously. She prayed she would have the strength to get them both through these treacherous teenage years. It was a sweetness that I didn't even know i was craving. Terri Reid Narrated by:
He adds the right note of comic relief to the book and the series. This also had a great mystery. It took me awhile to sort out the bad guy. I highly recommend this book and series to lovers of both mysteries and paranormals. Feb 28, Beverly Farr rated it it was amazing. Love this series I'm hooked on Mary O'Reilly. Love the mysteries and the ghosts that she's involved with. Oh yes, love the hunky police chief. Feb 24, Susan de Gracia rated it it was amazing. Terri Reid has done it again! Another winning book in the Mary O'Reilly Series.
If you like thrillers with a mix of romance, humor and paranormal activity, then these are the books for you. Do yourself a favor and start reading them.
Nov 26, Denise Zendel rated it liked it. An extremely unpleasant woman, Faye McMullen who fancies herself a grande dame, gets killed and the line of suspects is long. There are a lot of suspects with secrets to keep, and the one who did the killing wants that secret to remain hidden and will go to great lengths, including harming Mary, to keep it so. Mary was a Chicago cop until a brush with death on the job gave her the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. In book 4 of this series, Mary and her boyfriend, Police Chief Bradley Alden, are on the outs because he thinks she betrayed him by keeping a secret about his dead wife.
Their relationship is further complicated by the arrival of a handsome Scottish professor who can see dead people on his own. I like this series.
The dialogue is entertaining, the supporting characters are complex and have lives of their own, rather than just being foils for Mary. I enjoy how the author lets them take center stage, but not take over the books. And the stories of the ghosts are always interesting. These books are quick and easy reads for me, perfect for the gym or to pass time while waiting for an appointment. May 31, Jessica rated it it was amazing. This is the fourth book in the series and it doesn't let you down. The characters continue to grow and develop. The attention to detail makes it seem like you're right there and the romance aspect of the book doesn't take away from the plot line of the story, yet adds to it.
Mary O'Reilly was a Chicago cop until she was badly wounded--dying and being brought back to life with a gift that changes everything. She now uses those gifts as a private detective. Strong, brave and tough; she knows how to take case of herself when things get rough. Mary stands up for what she feels is right and for the things she believes in, not backing down no matter what.
As tough as she is, though, she is equally if not more kind, loving, and extremely compassionate about what she does. The more you get to know her character the more you want to read or at least that's the way it is for me: Even for those who aren't really into paranormal will find the mystery intriguing and very well-rounded. Although it isn't necessary, I would suggest starting at the begging of the series, "Loose Ends", so you'll be able to get a better feel for not only the story line but the characters, too. It's well worth the read. Mar 27, Kathy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Reverend Hezekiah had a huge ego and only thought of himself and how his family and congregation will make him great.
He thought of his future endeavors to take over the media by storm. However his life was cut short by a heart attack. Faye McCullan was a wealthy, mean spirited of a woman.
She thought that she should shine and people should just bow down to her as if she was royalty. Neither of these people deserved to be ripped apart like their were nothing. Many left in tears others left steaming, leaving Faye alone on the stage. I really hope there will be more to come, since I am now completely addicted to these characters. Bradley is charming, sexy and sweet.
Mary is a strong woman who takes her gift and puts it to good use rather than dwell on the negative aspects of it. Good Tidings hits all the right spots; laughter, suspense, a little teardrop now and then and a sweet romance in the making. I really loved this particular story because it involved kids and dogs. What is there not to love about a ghost child and a ghost dog! This story is all about the kidnapping of children and selling them.
You will just have to read the book to find out what I am talking about. There was no steamy sex scenes in the story and no profanity, which I really did appreciate. Book number two in the Mary O'Reilly paranormal mystery series is a hit with me. The characters ring true, those from the small town and those from the big city. I also liked the ghosts, and how the writer makes them seem so real and so confused. A baby is stolen, and the baby's dead brother hires Mary to help find him. With the sheriff's help, and that of her policeman brother in the big city, they learn the baby is part of a baby stealing and selling scheme.
Surprises pop up, but Mary succeeds in solving them all. I love the characters this author created, the way they interact, talk and think. People you'd like to have as friends.